Prusa i3 DIY 3D Printer Kit £167 Delivered Gearbest
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Prusa i3 DIY 3D Printer Kit £167 Delivered Gearbest

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Found 5th Apr 2016
If you're looking to get into 3D printing this is a great price for a bunch of parts!

You have to build this yourself and learn all the parts and how to maintain it. But this is true of pretty much every 3D Printer. None of them work without any messing around, so you might as well learn how to build it yourself from day 1!

Think of it like a little CNC machine more than a 'click and go' printer.
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How big things can I print with it?
The plastic frame will probably crack after a while, but you can glue it or buy cheap replacement i3 frames from ebay or aliexpress made out of wood, aluminium or steel and move the parts over.

The hot end (nozzle that squeezes the plastic out) will probably get clogged after some time, it happens to all hot ends especially cheap ones. But when that happens you can buy great hot ends from the fantastic British company e3d e3d-online.com

I've heard the cheaper electronics on these can play up after some time, but because you have a 'RepRap' style 3D printer there are loads of replacement boards available (e.g. RAMPS, Smoothieboard) on ebay or aliexpress which will be pretty much plug and play.

I recommend putting that raspberry pi you have in a drawer somewhere to use and giving your 3D printer WiFi, with the fantastic Octoprint software octoprint.org. This printer should plug right into the Raspberry Pi.
izzysz

How big things can I print with it?



As per description: 220 x 220 x 240mm printing volume
izzysz

How big things can I print with it?


The site says 220 x 220 x 240mm but I'd leave a bit of a border so say 200x200x200mm should be fine.

Bearing in mind a print that large can take somewhere in the region of 8-20 hours depending on the detail and if the print is hollow or solid.
And you should never leave any 3D printer unattended.
It's on flash sale, coming up at £110.24 for me ? then with postage and insurance the total is £155.62
Edited by: "pontprennau" 5th Apr 2016
How did you arrive at that price? My total is different.
Also, if this is being shipped from China then don't you have to add import duty and taxes?
it only a flash sale for me if I choose a us plug. but eu plug, at $162.20 isn't too bad I don't think, but I am sure there would be some import duty and tax to add on top of that.
Don't trust this site.
I bought a laser etcher from banggood, similar ish price and size. Didn't pay any duty or tax. Got inspected at customs and I had to pay about £19 to Her Majesty, and about £20 to parcelforce for the 'privilege' of them 'sorting it out on my behalf'. It came really well packaged -via air freight with a tracking number- these are the most likely packages to get 'inspected'. Never had an issue with either GearBest or BangGood. So much so, checking previous orders, never received one (GearBest, ordered in September) reported it missing in Feb, they said I was a good customer and resent it!!
hamsterboy

. Got inspected at customs and I had to pay about £19 to Her Majesty, and … . Got inspected at customs and I had to pay about £19 to Her Majesty, and about £20 to parcelforce for the 'privilege' of them 'sorting it out on my behalf'.



That winds me up. The last time I ordered something from China, Fedex sent me a bill claiming there was a charge because they had paid the duty on my behalf. I told them that it sounded like they had entered me into a credit agreement without my consent therefore I would only pay the import duty and not their charges. They threatened to take it to court, told them I would see them there. A few months later a letter arrived from a debt collector who I phoned and explained the above and that I most definitely would not be paying., Never heard anything about it since.
JackMcg9

Don't trust this site.


I have ordered many things from gearbest and never had problem. BTW, Good deal- these printers are getting cheaper all the time.
thezoidberg

That winds me up. The last time I ordered something from China, Fedex … That winds me up. The last time I ordered something from China, Fedex sent me a bill claiming there was a charge because they had paid the duty on my behalf. I told them that it sounded like they had entered me into a credit agreement without my consent therefore I would only pay the import duty and not their charges. They threatened to take it to court, told them I would see them there. A few months later a letter arrived from a debt collector who I phoned and explained the above and that I most definitely would not be paying., Never heard anything about it since.


I cant see how they can send you a bill after delivering the item. It usually works that if you want the item you have to pay them for the service of collecting the import duty but until you pay you dont get the item.
thezoidberg

That winds me up. The last time I ordered something from China, Fedex … That winds me up. The last time I ordered something from China, Fedex sent me a bill claiming there was a charge because they had paid the duty on my behalf. I told them that it sounded like they had entered me into a credit agreement without my consent therefore I would only pay the import duty and not their charges. They threatened to take it to court, told them I would see them there. A few months later a letter arrived from a debt collector who I phoned and explained the above and that I most definitely would not be paying., Never heard anything about it since.



​I wasn't too happy about that charge either. But parcelforce had my item in 'storage' at their warehouse and I needed to pay all monies owed before the item could be 'released' to me. Took longer to get my item the six odd miles from depot to me than it did to make, assemble package and ship half way round the world. Good ol' UK.
Good find. Order placed & heat added.:3

Interestingly, the "pieces left" went UP from 49 to 54 after I ordered!


Edited by: "wonkothesane" 5th Apr 2016
They just printed off 5 or 6 more, I guess. :-)
hamsterboy

Didn't pay any duty or tax. Got inspected at customs and I had to pay … Didn't pay any duty or tax. Got inspected at customs and I had to pay about £19 to Her Majesty...



So you paid £19 in duty and tax.
hamsterboy

​I wasn't too happy about that charge either. But parcelforce had my item … ​I wasn't too happy about that charge either. But parcelforce had my item in 'storage' at their warehouse and I needed to pay all monies owed before the item could be 'released' to me. Took longer to get my item the six odd miles from depot to me than it did to make, assemble package and ship half way round the world. Good ol' UK.



So you IMPORTED goods from outside the UK and EUROPE and were charged the correct duty and handling charges! Stop moaning! Here's why I wouldn't buy this from any Chinese supplier - too many parts that could get broken or lost in transit, too many parts to go wrong, absolutely ZERO consumer rights if anything goes wrong, if you have to send anything back via a trackable method it'll cost you more than the items worth.
Edited by: "CoolElectronics" 5th Apr 2016
rhinopaul

I cant see how they can send you a bill after delivering the item. It … I cant see how they can send you a bill after delivering the item. It usually works that if you want the item you have to pay them for the service of collecting the import duty but until you pay you dont get the item.



This definitely can be the case. You can be billed for custom duty after you've received the parcel.

dutycalculator.com

Use the above site to calculate expected duty and also figure in your sums the fact that the UK courier delivering the parcel will add an additional 'admin' fee of £10-£20.

I've ordered plenty of stuff from iherb.com for example and sometimes got hit with customs and sometimes not, and I've had £10 admin fee from couriers which I wouldn't be surprised is even more now.
CoolElectronics

So you IMPORTED goods from outside the UK and EUROPE and were charged the … So you IMPORTED goods from outside the UK and EUROPE and were charged the correct duty and handling charges! Stop moaning!



Duty is fine but handling charges by couriers are a rip off but if you import that's what you have to put up with. If you import a lot of goods then use a customs broker to get you a better deal.
Will break in no time, the proof is here: youtube.com/wat…amY.
fishmaster

Duty is fine but handling charges by couriers are a rip off but if you … Duty is fine but handling charges by couriers are a rip off but if you import that's what you have to put up with. If you import a lot of goods then use a customs broker to get you a better deal.



It's not a rip off - it's clearly stated in all the couriers terms and conditions so if you import you pay the money or don't import - why have we fell into this 'we're entitled to get everything for free' culture?
Edited by: "CoolElectronics" 5th Apr 2016
thezoidberg

That winds me up. The last time I ordered something from China, Fedex … That winds me up. The last time I ordered something from China, Fedex sent me a bill claiming there was a charge because they had paid the duty on my behalf. I told them that it sounded like they had entered me into a credit agreement without my consent therefore I would only pay the import duty and not their charges. They threatened to take it to court, told them I would see them there. A few months later a letter arrived from a debt collector who I phoned and explained the above and that I most definitely would not be paying., Never heard anything about it since.


You should have replied, "I didn't know you paid duty on class A drugs, do I have to weigh my shipment now to make sure you didn't swindle me?"
Import stuff and pay duty, or often "get away with it".

Can we talk about 3d printers again now ?
Wait until the loonies vote us out of the EU.
CoolElectronics

It's not a rip off - it's clearly stated in all the couriers terms and … It's not a rip off - it's clearly stated in all the couriers terms and conditions so if you import you pay the money or don't import - why have we fell into this 'we're entitled to get everything for free' culture?



Do you not think £20 is a bit excessive?

Forget about the "you should know the charges before you buy" etc, just wonder if you think it's high?
anewman

Wait until the loonies vote us out of the EU.


Agreed. It's gonna oh so much better for us. Until they see all the prices shoot up.
ChemCamAlpha

Will break in no time, the proof is here: … Will break in no time, the proof is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjOGB6U_amY.


That's a completely different style of printer.
Szabster

Agreed. It's gonna oh so much better for us. Until they see all the … Agreed. It's gonna oh so much better for us. Until they see all the prices shoot up.



Why would they shoot up?
simonturner69

Do you not think £20 is a bit excessive?Forget about the "you should know … Do you not think £20 is a bit excessive?Forget about the "you should know the charges before you buy" etc, just wonder if you think it's high?



You do realise that they have to pay someone to do the adminstrative work don't you? How much should they charge? I take it you also know the only reason you can buy these items so cheaply from China is because they're paying some worker $20 a week to make them. I don't have a problem with that but minimum wage here is now £7.20 an hour and it's going up to £9 pretty rapidly. You can't have a decent standard of pay without somebody footing the bill at some point.

Edited by: "CoolElectronics" 5th Apr 2016
CoolElectronics

You do realise that they have to pay someone to do the adminstrative work … You do realise that they have to pay someone to do the adminstrative work don't you? How much should they charge? I take it you also know the only reason you can buy these items so cheaply from China is because they're paying some worker $20 a week to make them. I don't have a problem with that but minimum wage here is now £7.20 an hour and it's going up to £9 pretty rapidly. You can't have a decent standard of pay without somebody footing the bill at some point.



Had a feeling you wouldn't be able to give a simple answer, or answer with more questions. X)

Thanks.
Really, really tempted. I have been thinking about building my own 3D printer using a Raspberry Pi for a while and this looks like a great way to get all the pieces in one go and learn how it all works and then upgrade as necessary. Just not sure I can justify the cost right now. But for £110 (which is the price it's showing at for me) how can I afford not to have a 3D printer?!
simonturner69

Had a feeling you wouldn't be able to give a simple answer, or answer … Had a feeling you wouldn't be able to give a simple answer, or answer with more questions. X)Thanks.



I had a feeling you'd cop out..................And you did.....................And your welcome
Duty is not an issue. When I bought my item I paid the appropriate carriage charge. This I assumed would cover the cost of transportation of said item to address supplied.
What's to stop the package going to 'Dave's dodgy couriers' from the next street over who charge me £80 for their services? I didn't ask PF to pay the fee for me, store it on my behalf then transport it at a time of their choosing to me! Im pretty sure that was thezoidbergs point. A letter turns up from another party saying - gimme £x or no package my old son.
thezoidberg

That winds me up. The last time I ordered something from China, Fedex … That winds me up. The last time I ordered something from China, Fedex sent me a bill claiming there was a charge because they had paid the duty on my behalf. I told them that it sounded like they had entered me into a credit agreement without my consent therefore I would only pay the import duty and not their charges. They threatened to take it to court, told them I would see them there. A few months later a letter arrived from a debt collector who I phoned and explained the above and that I most definitely would not be paying., Never heard anything about it since.


Anarchist.
CoolElectronics

It's not a rip off - it's clearly stated in all the couriers terms and … It's not a rip off - it's clearly stated in all the couriers terms and conditions so if you import you pay the money or don't import - why have we fell into this 'we're entitled to get everything for free' culture?



I'm sorry but that's not true imo. When I buy something I enter into a contract with the seller, not the courier. Now if the seller makes is blatantly clear what charges the courier will add to my order, that's different.
mcormack

Anarchist.



So if I bump into you in your local and buy you a drink, then ask you for an additional £20 because I paid for that drink on your behalf, where do you stand with that?



Edited by: "thezoidberg" 5th Apr 2016
just out of curiosity, what do people print with these? is the material a really strong plastic once it's finished?
CoolElectronics

It's not a rip off - it's clearly stated in all the couriers terms and … It's not a rip off - it's clearly stated in all the couriers terms and conditions so if you import you pay the money or don't import - why have we fell into this 'we're entitled to get everything for free' culture?



I'm part of being fair culture, you must pay import duty, tax etc, these couriers are charging a rip off fee, the reason it's a rip off is because you don't have an opt out choice, and often you don't get to choose the courier when buying goods from abroad. So I respectively say to you look at the bigger picture. This is an enforced charge by the courier.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 5th Apr 2016
Szabster

Agreed. It's gonna oh so much better for us. Until they see all the … Agreed. It's gonna oh so much better for us. Until they see all the prices shoot up.


The chavs have no idea that their favourite lidl and aldi will be charging waitrose prices once we are out. I am just waiting to see the looks on their faces when it happens- it will be priceless. They will have to blame the ...... ..erm...immigrants, again!
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